Daily news - 25th November 2019

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Drugs Analysis: Labour Manifesto 2019

In the previous two general elections there wasn’t much to celebrate when it came to Labour drug policy. Where drugs did get a mention, it would be in the context of stopping them from being smuggled over the border or preventing those who are addicted to drugs from inflicting harm on the rest of society | Volte Face, UK

Additions to the Effectiveness Bank 22 November 2019

What levers can be pulled to increase delivery of screening and brief interventions and improve disclosures of risky drinking? How can testing and treatment programmes for hepatitis C be supported to thrive in prisons? Analyses added to the Effectiveness Bank this month address questions with important implications for public health | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

SNP MPs in fresh push for legal drug consumption rooms in Scotland

With polls showing the SNP group could rise from 35 to 41 MPs at the General Election, Alison Thewliss, the party’s candidate for Glasgow Central, said there would be renewed pressure for devolving drugs laws | Daily Record, UK

Nottingham cafe to provide free Christmas dinner for recovering addicts

For one night profits will help those in need and their families | Nottinghamshire Live, UK

Heather Ashton obituary

Psychopharmacologist who started a clinic for people addicted to tranquillisers and wrote a manual on how to quit them safely | Guardian, UK

Recruitment for an upcoming trial - Psilocybin for major depression: A randomised control trial

The design of this trial is a DB-RCT in major depressive disorder. We will use fMRI to compare the treatment mechanisms of six weeks of daily Escitalopram (SSRI antidepressant) with two doses of psilocybin | Imperial College London, UK

County lines: the most comprehensive insight you will find - video

Watch Rhiannon Sawyer of The Children's Society explain how organised crime gangs exploit vulnerable young people into county lines drug dealing | MyPOV, UK

Footballer Jason Dozzell sentenced for drug-driving

The 51-year-old, from Rushmere St Andrew, Suffolk, was stopped in Foxhall Road, Ipswich, on 5 June with a drug level of 800ug, 16 times over the "accidental exposure" limit | BBC, UK


International news

Cannabis legalisation: Democrats argue over whether it leads to using other drugs

There's strong disagreement among Democratic contenders for the US presidency about legalising cannabis and it's been a flashpoint in their televised debates | BBC, UK

US vaping company Juul lobbies MPs in Britain to lift restrictions on e-cigarette adverts in the UK after Brexit

America's largest vaping firm is lobbying officials to lift restrictions on the strength and advertising of e-cigarettes in the UK | Mail Online, UK

New York City may ban flavored vapes as soon as next week

New York City could ban flavored vaping products as soon as next week, in a move that would make the metropolis of 8.6 million people the most populous place in America to ban flavored e-cigarettes | Guardian, UK

Vaping linked to teen's 'popcorn lung' type injury

The condition was previously seen in workers who were exposed to the chemical flavouring diacetyl as they packaged microwave popcorn | BBC, UK

Spain seizes submarine with 2,000kg of cocaine - police sources

A submarine loaded with more than 2,000kg (4,409lb) of cocaine has been seized in Spain, police sources say | BBC, UK

Police seize £10m of cocaine hidden in frozen fish cargo

Drug haul discovered in refrigerated van as it came off ferry at Newhaven, East Sussex | Guardian, UK

Philippines: President Duterte's fierce rival stripped of 'drug czar' post

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sacked "drug czar" Leni Robredo, just weeks after her appointment | BBC, UK

Heroin kills 5 in Belfast in 2 days

Police are probing the sudden death of a 19-year-old woman in the city centre on Sunday November 17. She was found at premises close to Victoria Square | Irish News, Ireland

Donohoe shuts methadone clinic plans in own consistency

The intervention came after he was told by local residents there were plans to establish a methadone clinic in two houses on Botanic Road in Glasnevin, in Mr Donohoe’s Dublin Central constituency. The rumour was inaccurate as the service included medical facilities but no provision for dispensing methadone | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Non-opioid drug death rates are also on the rise

Drugs overdoses in the United States have been on the rise, and studies have paid particular attention to prescription opioids, heroin and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl | Medical Xpress, USA

Potent Synthetic Opioid - Isotonitazene - Recently Identified in the Midwestern United States (PDF)

The objective of this public announcement is to notify public health and public safety, law enforcement, clinicians, medical examiners and coroners, laboratory personnel, and all other related communities about new information surrounding the emergent synthetic opioid isotonitazene | NPS Discovery, USA

Associations of Parental Marijuana Use With Offspring Marijuana, Tobacco, and Alcohol Use and Opioid Misuse

In this cross-sectional study including 24 900 father-offspring or mother-offspring dyads, parental marijuana use was associated with increased risk of marijuana and tobacco use and opioid misuse by both adolescent and young adult offspring and of alcohol use by adolescent offspring | JAMA Open, USA

Federal addiction treatment dollars off-limits for marijuana

The move is aimed at states that allow marijuana for medical uses, particularly those letting patients with opioid addiction use pot as a treatment, said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, whose federal agency doles out money to states for treatment programs | Medical Xpress, USA

More People In US Now See E-cigarettes More Harmful Than Tobacco

It has long been known that smoking tobacco can be harmful and lead to serious health problems. But the rise of lung problems linked to e-cigarettes have sparked more concerns across the U.S | Medical Daily, USA

Trump's White House meeting on vaping results in contentious debate

The White House held a contentious, wide-ranging meeting on Friday to examine increases in youth vaping and the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries currently sweeping the United States | CNN, USA

Michigan halts sale of marijuana vape products, orders tests

Michigan has temporarily halted the sale of marijuana products intended for vaping so that they can be tested for a compound linked to lung illnesses | Medical Xpress, USA

22 years old and on the brink of death from vaping

With a raging fever, vomiting and diarrhea, Gregory Rodriguez thought he had some kind of bug when he checked himself into the emergency room at a New York hospital in September | Medical Xpress, USA

The Parents Passed a Drug Test. Should They Get Their Children Back?

Andrea Bowling is fostering four children at her home in Portsmouth, Ohio. For 12 days in January, she took care of Dylan Groves, an underweight newborn exposed to multiple drugs in utero | NYTimes, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

The human rights of people who use drugs must be defended

The Lancet has recently published a series of articles about drug use. More specifically, the use of opioids, cannabinoids, stimulants, and new psychoactive substances (NPS). One of these articles highlights an increasingly relevant issue of international drug policy | Drug Science, UK

What’s faith got to do with it?

A new study, funded by Alcohol Change UK, looks at the variety of faith-based recovery facilities, and asks some important questions | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

'I was homeless and a drug addict, but now I’m London’s happiest bus driver'

Patrick Lawson, 51, on how he turned his life around after prison and addiction | Guardian, UK

We need to do more to accommodate non-drinkers at Cambridge events

Jack Chellman argues that normalised drinking in Cambridge shouldn’t be allowed to exclude non-drinkers | Varsity, UK

Jake O'Kane: The north's heroin problem is real, growing and needs tackling now

Largely ignored by our politicians who are more interested in arguing about language and flags, a generation of our young people are being lost to heroin | Irish News, Ireland

Is Weed Church Church?

Where sincerity, religion, sacrament and cannabis collide | NYTimes, USA